Earth  ID: 555

North Atlantic Ocean Current Velocity

Three-dimensional General Circulation Models divide the ocean into a rectangular grid with layered vertical columns. This North Atlantic model uses a 1/6 degree grid with 37 layers. It captured 30 years of velocity, sea-surface temperature, and salinity. The model realistically separates the Gulf Stream from the Florida coast. A feature as small as the Gulf Stream had not appeared in lower-resolution models.

Visualization Credits

Peggy Li (NASA): Lead Animator
James Tsiao (NASA): Animator
Yi Chao (NASA/JPL CalTech): Scientist
Benny Cheng (NASA/JPL CalTech): Scientist
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